Friday, May 8, 2015

Staples and "Splurges"

How have I not posted this on the blog before?  It's an outfit made entirely of some of my favorite closet staples!  A striped dress, denim jacket, and tan accessories--it all makes the world feel right. 

I was going to call this one of my go-to mom uniforms, but who are we kidding?  This has been one of my go-to outfits since way, way, way before I ever became a mom.  It's pretty darn convenient that all of my jersey cotton dresses and flats are perfect for baby corralling and accessories of drool and snot.  All glam over here, man.

(P.S. if you haven't heard, this bag is a diaper bag that can also be used as a regular bag!)  

While these are all closet staples of mine, this denim jacket is new.  I'd been eyeing a lighter denim jacket for a while as I loved how fresh it makes outfits.  I put this in my cart during one of Old Navy's big, big sales just to try it and ended up keeping it.  Did I need another denim jacket?  Ehhh, not really.  Do I regret spending $14 on it?  Ehh, also not really!

To most people a "splurge" is when you spend an exorbitant amount on something, but I tend to think of splurges as paying for something special or extra that I probably don't NEED but would enjoy, whether expensive or inexpensive.  It can be clothing, a sweet treat, an office supply (because those have a special place in my nerdy heart), a nice meal out, nail polish, or whatever.  I like to let myself splurge sometimes (as long as I stay within my overall budget!)  While I didn't NEED another denim jacket, I treated it as a fun $14 splurge.  And based on this outfit alone, I have no regrets so far!

I'm wearing this jacket in size S.

Almost all options below are under $25 and the other couple are under $40.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five (on sale!)  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

Shop for the Look:
Dress: H&M (similarsimilar, similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (exact, similar--on sale)
Belt: Target or H&M (can't remember!)
Shoes: Target (exact, genuine leather version)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)


  1. I love, love, love that Lily Jade bag and have had my eye on since BEFORE I was pregnant. I'm not sure I can justify spending so much on it, but boy -- it is beautiful!


  2. Love this look! I've been trying to find the perfect striped dress and this looks like it could be the one. Checking it out!

  3. Yep, this is that "I'm really comfortable but so happen to be cute, so this is a win-win" outfits! I'd have never guessed that bag was a diaper bag! I need one that's stylish like that!


  4. Love how casual this outfit is. Great for spring!



  5. Audrey,

    do you have any experience ordering from Romwe? I wonder if the quality is any good...

  6. Hi Alessandra! I don't have experience with Romwe since I mostly order from Sheinside (another similar Asian company). I imagine Romwe's quality is similar to Forever 21.

  7. I know. I received this very gratefully c/o Lily Jade, but honestly, HONESTLY, now that I know what it's like to have it, if I went back in time and it hadn't been gifted to me I would have gladly paid for it. It's my most used bag besides my tote, it's beautiful and well made, and it is definitely a bag that will be used beyond baby years. I either would have paid for it or I would have asked my husband to get friends and family to pitch in for it for it for a birthday present for me haha!

  8. I love stripes! Your outfit is adorable!

    Her Heartland Soul

  9. Beth @ Turn2theSimpleFriday, May 08, 2015

    Super cute! And LOVE your definition of a splurge! It really doesn't matter what you spend on it, if you don't NEED it, it is a splurge...but totally agree that sometimes you need to splurge AND can do it without wrecking your budget!

  10. Love your idea of a splurge! I love frozen cokes which are about $1 at the gas station, obviously not a financial splurge but it's definitely more a diet one! Haha, which makes it a treat whenever I get one!

  11. The striped dress is lovely! Def looking for one of those myself this summer.

    xo, Alice
    Miss Inconnue || Etsy

  12. I wish I could find these just a little bit longer to cover my knees. Love the stripes!

  13. Thank you for posting outfits that look great on a young woman but can be worn for someone like me in their 40s-- you do a great job of giving advice for MANY and not only some women!

  14. Thank you, Paula. That's wonderful to hear!

  15. Frozen Cokes? I need to explore what that's about! And exactly--what a fun little treat that feels special without breaking the bank.

  16. You don't know frozen cokes?!?! They are pretty great. I get them at Speedway gas stations usually but Burger King sells them too. I really want one now!!

  17. Yes I love the ease and comfort of jersey dresses too with baby! It's a nice option to look a little more dressed up, and easy to clean when the inevitable happens! ;)

    Plus you can never go wrong with stripes- definitely a wardrobe staple! :)

    Away From The Blue

  18. Cute! My denim jacket is a little loose on me now; I think I will look for one in a lighter wash to replace it. I tend to wear a lot of gray and black, so I think the lighter jacket will look more "summery".

  19. Hi Diana, are you talking about slurpees????

  20. Hi Audrey! Could you talk a little bit about your experience with Sheinside? Sometimes theses chinese sites have what seems like pretty cute clothes but I have never met anyone who has bought from them. I am interested in hearing you talk about it! Maybe show some of the pieces you have bought?
    Thank you!

  21. Yeah, they are very similar. We have those at gas stations too, right next to the frozen cokes. =)

  22. Hi Alessandra,

    I talked about my experience in the comment section on this post: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2015/04/spring-wardrobe-favorite-building-blocks.html
    And these posts show pieces I've gotten from there: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2014/05/win-100-to-sheinside-ships-free.html http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/12/win-150-to-sheinside-ships-free.html

  23. Jenni 'Mielke' BrandtFriday, May 15, 2015

    What a fun blog! I'm learning so much and am so grateful that you've spent time sharing this part of your life with us all! So glad I stumbled across it on Pinterest! :) Blessings to you today! -mom of 3 littles in need of a wardrobe makeover ;)

  24. Welcome, Jenni! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi and write some encouragement!

  25. Yep - I love this! An outfit made up all of my favorite basics is one I can wear over and over again! :)


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